Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr. Ernest Nwapa
Expatriates working in the Nigerian oil and gas industry will be required to undergo biometric registration as part of conditions they must fulfill before their companies can secure expatriate quota approvals from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr. Ernest Nwapa said at the First Addax Executive Development Seminar on Nigerian Content in Lagos that the exercise would commence in the first quarter of 2013.
Nwapa said the registration would help his agency to evaluate the skills of the expatriates and confirm that such skills were not available locally in the industry.
He noted that it would also assist the board to electronically track the numbers of expatriates in the industry, their length of stay, compliance with provided succession plans and expected date of exit.
At the completion of the biometric registration, Nwapa said each expatriate would get a unique card, to be presented during verification by the monitoring team from the NCDMB.
Section 33 of the Nigerian Content Act mandates operators to receive the approval of the board before applying for expatriate quota to the Ministry of Internal Affairs or any other agency of the Federal Government
The board also requires companies seeking to get expatriate quota approvals for their operations in the oil and gas industry to first advertise the positions to Nigerians through national and international media outfits.
Other new initiatives of the Board endorsed by the Governing Council of the board under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke, include the planned establishment of industrial parks in each of the oil producing state in partnership with the state governments.
This will stimulate the participation of the communities in the local supply chain and provide a direct platform for collaboration with original equipment manufacturers who are now required to manufacture a minimum proportion of components in Nigeria.
Nwapa stated that the board would collaborate with major operators, service companies and the relevant state governments to build industrial parks which will support operations of the industry and help achieve service efficiency through shared services.
Other benefits of the industrial park concept include the reduction of start-up investment cost for new business, stakeholders’ collaboration and industry commitment to utilize manufactured products from industrial parks.
The parks will host manufacturing activities driven by the oil and gas industry demand but will certainly service other sectors of the economy as they grow organically into integrated industrial zones.
The start-up product slate will include steel pipes and allied fittings, switch gears , panels, skids, pipe racks and brackets, Environmental protection equipment, chemicals, industrial gases, computers, telecom and other ICT equipment components, Furniture, LPG cylinders, Bolts and Nuts, Drilling fluids.